Fargo ★★★★

Coenthon #10

Fargo acts as a deconstruction of the Minnesota Nice demeanor, using a macabre sense of understanding the world of crime and the ways we perceive it. By the end Marge is regaling, noting the insane parts of what she's just experienced but at the same time goes back to her average life in part just to wake up the next morning as if shaking it off--ending the deconstruction and instead commending it for its perseverance and headstrong nature in the wake of violence.
The use of violence in this film teeters on both funny yet serious and real--the crimes committed feel overall grim because its perpetrators and victims (even the ones briefly on screen) greatly suffer. It's funny in its follies but ultimately this film hits harder than a lot of other films in the same vein. Each scene is well-filmed to give it a veneer of humanity in conversation and watching great actors like Macy and Buscemi sweat under pressure really shows the humanity behind even dark characters. Executed well, and it shows--the tone here is flawless and the film itself is incredibly watchable. A real treat.